Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial states: "Microsoft (or a really smart ISV) should build a full application manager for Windows, similar to what most Linux distributions do today." Most Windows applications come with their own distinctive updating mechanism (much like Mac OS X), instead of having a centralised updating location like most Linux distributions offer. While it certainly wouldn't be harmful for Windows to gain such a feature - the question remains: isn't it time we rethink program installation and management altogether?
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RE[3]: Biased summary
by lemur2 on Wed 17th Dec 2008 01:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Biased summary"
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"These baseless claims utterly ignore sites like this:
Except... You really shouldn't install applications from outside your distribution's official repositories. A common, and wise advice from many Linux users. "

True. Correct. Installing applications from outside the distribution's official repositories has two disadvantages compared to installing applications via the repositories:

(1) The application packages that one downloads outside of the repositories cannot be signed, and
(2) Application packages that one downloads outside of the repositories are not covered by the update notifier.

Because of those two reasons, it is a better idea to wait until a new package appears in your distributions repositories ... or in additional repositories such as developer personal repositories or third party repositories or backport repositories where it will often appear far quicker.

However ... none of that means that application packages outside of the repositories do not exist.

That fact in turn means that the following criticisms you made of installation of software on Linux systems:

Examples: "you are limited by how up-to-date your distributor is keeping its repositories - or how much stuff they put in there"
"but your distributor hasn't packaged it yet"

are both invalid criticisms.

You are not limited by how up-to-date your distributor is keeping its offical repositories, and you do not have to wait for your distributor to package a new version before you can have a means to install it that is equivalent to installing the same software on Windows or Mac.

Edited 2008-12-17 02:01 UTC

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